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Ukrainian Military Showed How the Swedish RBS-70 MANPADS Destroys russian Ka-52 Alligator Helicopter (Video)

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Launch of RBS-70 in test conditions
Launch of RBS-70 in test conditions

The Armed Forces of Ukraine received the RBS-70 MANPADS back in April of this year, but until now there has been no video of their use on the battlefield. Currently, most likely, we can talk about the first effective use of the Swedish MANPADS in Ukraine, as a result of which the russian Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter was destroyed

Fighters of the The 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine effectively used a Swedish RBS-70 MANPADS system and destroyed a russian Ka-52 attack helicopter near the village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region.

This can be evidenced by a video that has already spread on the Internet, on which an anti-aircraft missile can be seen directly.

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Although these MANPADS were transferred to Ukraine back in April of this year, this video is the first evidence of the use of this type of MANPADS on the battlefield by the Ukrainian military.

At the very beginning of the video, the anti-aircraft missile quite clearly enters the frame, although the mechanism of the so-called "cold start" is very reminiscent of the work of the Javelin, which also already has a shot down Ka-52. But there is every reason to claim that the RBS-70 MANPADS are recorded on the footage of this video.

Ukrainian Military Showed How the Swedish RBS-70 MANPADS Destroys russian Ka-52 Alligator Helicopter , Defense Express
At the very beginning of the video, the anti-aircraft missile quite clearly enters the frame (L) - it looks like missile of RBS-70 MANPADS (R) like

Let us remind you that the RBS 70 has one specific feature - the missile is not guided by a traditional system with an infrared homing head, but by the so-called "laser trail", when the missile flies in the guiding laser beam, and the operator accompanies the target until its destruction. Thanks to this, the missile ignores thermal traps.

In addition, it is necessary to note the low visibility of the missile's jet engine, which does not leave a trace, which is very important for the safety of operators. Usually, the launch site is unmasked precisely by the smoke trail, which clearly indicates the location of the launcher.

The RBS 70 Mk 2 MANPAD version has a range of up to 7 km, and if Ukraine received the latest version of this MANPAD, the RBS 70 NG, then the range can be up to 9 km.

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